The Voluntary Life: January 2016

31 January 2016

235 A Better World Starts With A Clean Bedroom (School Sucks Interview)

In this week's episode, Brett Veinotte from the School Sucks Podcast and Jake Desyllas from The Voluntary Life discuss the process of upgrading and maintaining positive habits. Topic covered include:

  • Habits may seem trivial, but the are the most important part of a productivity system
  • Two approaches to change: slow and steady vs. New Year's resolution
  • Triggers for activating habits vs. friction against habits
  • How do we do it? morning routine, 7 Weeks (Android app), Jake uses Way of Life (iOS)
  • No matter what else is going on, do the simple things; even though these seemingly minor habits are the first thing that fall by the wayside when we're really busy
  • Jake: "Habits dramatically reduce the amount of willpower and brainpower required to get things done. Once you have implemented a habit and can do it on autopilot, you conserve willpower and brainpower, helping you get more done."
  • Willpower is a scarce resource; it degrades decision to decision
  • Identifying resources beyond willpower
  • Jake: "Habits are easiest to adopt when they are simple to understand, when you minimize any friction at the start of the action, when there are clear environmental triggers that tell your unconscious to start the habit, and when you have feedback (rewards) for completion."
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26 January 2016

234 Radical Personal Finance Interview— Job Free


This week's episode comes from Joshua Sheats, host of the Radical Personal Finance podcast:

"Most of us in the Radical Personal Finance community are pursuing our own financial independence. And most of us want to get there as quickly as possible. But, most of us only have one idea of one way to get there. Did you know there are a bunch of different ways to go job-free and gain financial freedom? I'm excited to bring you my interview with Jake Desyllas, author of "Job Free: Four Ways to Quit the Rat Race and Achieve Financial Freedom on Your Terms.""

Show Notes:
Job Free by Jake Desyllas
Radical Personal Finance Podcast


Listen to Episode 234


18 January 2016

233 The Next Level — Horizons of Focus Part 2 (School Sucks Interview)


This episode is Part 2 of the discussion between Brett Veinotte and Jake Desyllas about using Horizons of Focus for productivity and purpose. In this episode, we conclude our discussion by talking about how to identify your vision for your future, and how to find purpose in life.

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13 January 2016

232 The Next Level — Horizons of Focus Part 1 (School Sucks Interview)

Brett Veinotte from School Sucks podcast interviews Jake Desyllas about using Horizons of Focus for productivity and purpose. In this episode (part 1) we introduce the concept of horizons of focus and talk about the best ways to identify actions, projects, goals, and areas or responsibility.

Show Notes